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Hiroshima Mon Amour, 1959 – ★★★★★

Criterion Challenge 2022
Progress: 17/52
Prompt: Watch a movie from Isabel Sandoval’s Top 10

Shattering.

At times, when building my challenge list, I used it as a way to drive myself to see classics. This was one of those. So far none of them have disappointed; in the end, the movies that everyone says are great… are great.

I can’t say anything new here. It’s an interwoven commentary on love, memory, tragedy, and death. Also a movie about movies, in part; given the history of the movie (originally a documentary about the bombing of Hiroshima, but Renais couldn’t make it work), the scenes in which Elle is discussing her movie must be seen as commentary on the movie we’re watching.

Remarkable editing, remarkable use of the medium. I’ve never seen anything like that first extended sequence.

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